This is the time when everyone is scrambling for a New Year’s resolution, something to do tonight or just go to bed early after the long holiday season that started Thanksgiving and ends tonight.
I’ve written about my take on New Year’s resolutions many a time and some of you already know I’m not one for resolutions. I live my life in the moment so I pretty much decide what to do as I do it and the things I plan are not much ahead of tomorrow morning.
It’s served me well so far and my advice seems to help many around me.
This New Year’s eve I want to remember 2012. I feel like we are in such a rush to move on to the next year with our constant running, that we don’t stop and take stock in what happened before so we can learn and either not repeat it or do it better next time.
So for this New Year’s eve let’s stop and take a breath in through the nose and out through the mouth and as we reset how we think going forward.
Mother Nature clearly made a point with uber storm Sandy. The destruction, loss of property and life and the aftermath we lived in for weeks in its wake should have given pause to anyone.
I’m sure the people who went through Katrina would have told us all about it, it happened in 2005 after all and we should have listened. But we didn’t’.
Living without electricity, unable to conduct businesses, living without running water in constant fear of running out of gas, no TV or cable, waiting on endless lines to get gas and, you know it, just living a life very different from the life we are used to in our 21 century celebrity, money and power driven world stopped some of us even if for a moment and made us appreciate what we do have,
The random killings around the country culminating with the Newtown massacre of little children should stop us dead in our tracks. It’s not an opportunity for political posturing. It’s not only about guns, it’s more about the way we treat mentally ill people and the way we are isolated and lack the sense of community for all.
I wont’ remember anything else tragic. We had enough.
Maybe this Year we decide to get together as the human race, to focus on being kind and honest, on helping one another without judgment and hypocrisy. We don’t need to care about money and fame and power and things that don’t really matter.
Maybe we actually start doing what I learned was all that matters when I was 28 and running a trauma center.
I learned we don’t’ have control over anything except how we act toward ourselves and one another.
So let’s just be kind and pay it forward with a random act of kindness that defines who we are at the core. Join me in kindness and care and enjoy a wonderful New Year in Peace and Health!!